ZSR Trustees Announce Fall 2021 State-Level Systemic Change Strategy Grant Awards 193 State-Level Systemic Change grant awards totaling more than $33 million over three years


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has announced the recipients of its Fall 2021 State-Level Systemic Change Strategy grant awards.

In November 2021, Trustees voted to approve 193 multi-year grants totaling more than $33 million over three years to organizations across North Carolina. A list of organizations awarded Fall 2021 State-Level Systemic Change Strategy grants can be found on our website.

ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy supports state, regional and local organizations, coalitions, or collaboratives that are working to achieve systemic change at the state level within and across the following priority areas: Advancing Public Education, Fostering a Healthy and Sustainable Environment, Promoting Social and Economic Justice, and Strengthening Democracy. ZSR recognizes that each of these four areas intersect in multiple ways, and will look for approaches that not only strengthen each, but also work across them.​

"For decades, ZSR has supported state-level systems and structures to ensure that North Carolina is a place where all people can thrive," said Maurice "Mo" Green, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. "We desire for all North Carolinians to have access to high-quality education, to benefit from a healthy and sustainable environment, to enjoy economic opportunity under just and fair rules and to be able to engage fully in civic life. This commitment is rooted in and driven by our mission and our core values. We are proud to partner with all of our grantees who working to change systems and structures at the state level."

The annual Fall 2022 grant cycle marks the next open cycle of the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy and is open to any eligible local, regional, or state-level organization aligned with ZSR’s core values, mission and state-level vision and working to change state-level systems. The Fall 2022 grant cycle will open later this summer.